How to Finish End Grain

When it comes to staining any project, end grain is usually a problem. That’s because it tends to soak up stain like a sponge, making the end grain darker than the rest of the project.

To avoid this problem with any type of stain, I find it’s best to sand the end grain a couple grits higher than the rest of the project. In the photo below, I sanded the table top to 150-grit, but then continued on to 220-grit on all the end grain areas. The result — a perfect match.

Cutting a Taper

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